The federal government has called for collaboration of the National Assembly to tackle the myriad economic, social and political challenges facing Nigeria.
Making this call while speaking in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom on Friday, during a 2-day retreat for the leadership of the 10th National Assembly, organised by the National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies, in collaboration with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftunh.
According to him, governance is a collective responsibility and not a personal endeavour; therefore, it was imperative to avoid the path of division.
“All the Chiefs of Staff and Deputy Chiefs of Staff to the President are all proud alumni members. The First Lady of the Federation and the Secretary to the Federation are all members of my alumni.
“Certainly what this means is that we cannot afford to go to war, not because we are going to overlook each other’s transgressions but because we are going to engage with those who know the gravity of their work and will never take you for granted.
“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has reassured us with a heart of certainty that we are not in government to go to war with the National Assembly, we are here to collaborate and match towards shared prosperity
Also speaking during the event, the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, highlighted the importance of collaboration, warning that Nigeria cannot move forward unless the various stakeholders and groups see the need for effective collaboration in the country.
According to him, it is wrong to blame the various political parties for Nigeria’s problem, to note that the country faces a collective action problem because relevant groups and stakeholders have failed to collaborate
“My friends and colleagues, let us not make the mistake of thinking that our problem is APC or PDP or LP or SDP or any other party. That is an error.
“We can lead the charge in our country. Let us be united in purpose. It does not matter which political party you used to get to the Red or Green Chamber; right now we are in the Nigerian boat.
“If we all put our hands on deck, the Tenth Assembly shall surmount every challenge,” he said.